Robert L. Lieff Professor of Law, Columbia Law School; Director, Center for Chinese Legal Studies
Chinese law; medical disputes in China; popular access to the courts in China; the evolving roles of legal institutions and lawyers; environmental law; Chinese tort law
Professor Liebman’s recent publicationsinclude “Malpractice Mobs: Medical Dispute Resolution in China,” Columbia Law Review (forthcoming, 2012); “Professionals and Populists: The Paradoxes of China’s Legal Reforms,” in China beyond the Headlines, 3rd ed., ed. Timothy Weston and Lionel Jensen(forthcoming, Rowman & Littlefield, July 2012); “Toward CompetitiveSupervision? The Media and the Courts,” China Quarterly (Dec. 2011);“A Return to Populist Legality? HistoricalLegacies and Legal Reform,” in Mao’s Invisible Hand, ed. Elizabeth Perry andSebastian Heilmann (Harvard University Press 2011); “APopulist Threat to China’s Courts?” in Chinese Justice: Civil Dispute Resolution in Post-Reform China, ed. Mary Gallagherand Margaret Woo (Cambridge University Press, 2011);”Changing Media, Changing Courts?” in Changing Media, Changing China, ed. SusanShirk ( Oxford UniversityPress, 2010); “Reputational Sanctions inChina’s Securities Markets,” with Curtis J.Milhaupt, Columbia Law Review (2008).
Professor Liebman received his BA from Yale in Chinese and his JD at Harvard Law School. He was a law clerk for Judge Sandra Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and for Justice David Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court. Afterward, Professor Liebman spent two years in practice as a lawyer with the London office of the international law firm Sullivan & Cromwell. His practice focused on international securities transactions and included significant periods working in the firm’s Beijing offices. He joined the Columbia Law School faculty in 2002.